Whether in the hospitality industry or the outdoor area of your home, there are few things more chaotic than the scene of a patio on a windy day. Just picture it: With one powerful gust, an umbrella could take flight, taking tables, cutlery and potentially people with it. Trying to wrangle outdoor umbrellas down before this scene becomes a reality isn't always an easy task.
So, when you’re looking for an outdoor umbrella, an important feature is wind resistance. An umbrella that can't stand up to the elements can hurt your business several ways, or be an inconvenience to you at home.
- You'll often have to buy new umbrellas (as cheaper models tend to break)
- Until you replace it, the area it covered may be unusable, so you’ll lose revenue
- It can make your brand look cheap
It's no wonder then, that many manufacturers are very eager to show off their 'wind ratings' with some even claiming that their umbrellas have been engineered to withstand winds up to 140kph (85mph). As many disappointed umbrella owners who trusted those ratings found out, wind ratings are not what they’re purported to be.